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04/03/2014 - 10:32

I met a woman on Tuesday who’d been uprooted by South Sudan’s conflict twice in a week.  She’d left her home village to flee fighting, and after three days of walking she thought she reached a place of safety.

Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, has just finished a three-day visit to South Sudan and Ethiopia, where she traveled alongside the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to see first-hand the devastating impact of the South Sudan crisis. In her latest blog, the WFP chief talks about meeting people in the town of Nyal who have fled a deadly combination of violence and hunger.
03/25/2014 - 19:11

In her speech, Cousin, who just returned from Central African Republic and saw first-hand the impact of conflict on the lives of women and children, focussed on the plight of women on whom disasters and crises inflict a disproportionate amount of suffering.

“’We will not forget you.’ That’s what I promised the women and children I met during my visit to CAR in the last few days. So I am fulfilling this promise by being a voice at DIHAD for them and the many others in forgotten crises around the world today,” said Cousin.

DUBAI – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin delivered a keynote speech today at the 11th Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD) on women in disasters.
03/21/2014 - 16:42

“While we need the international community urgently to step up and address the disaster in CAR, international support is also required for the regional refugee crisis.  We must ensure that those who survived the killings in CAR won’t fall victim to malnutrition and disease in exile,” said Cousin in Cameroon today, after a visit to

YAOUNDE – Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), said today that the exodus of approximately 296,000 people from the Central African Republic (CAR) into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Republic of Congo, is creating a regional crisis in countries that were already short of food.
03/21/2014 - 10:17

People often laugh when I say I like to meet smiling, chubby babies when I’m out looking at World Food Programme operations in the field. But it’s true. A happy, healthy baby is the most obvious sign that we’re getting things right.

Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, has just wrapped up a two-day fact-finding visit to the Central African Republic – a country facing a humanitarian disaster that risks getting even worse. In her latest blog, the WFP chief talks about her personal impressions of this ‘forgotten crisis’.
02/24/2014 - 11:27

Today, Cousin will meet the President of Mexico at the Presidential Residence of Los Pinos. During the day Cousin will also meet representatives of the Mexican private sector to foster innovative partnerships with companies that can align their expertise and strategic objectives with WFP’s mandate to fight world hunger, while meeting their Corporate Social Responsibility and business objectives.

MEXICO CITY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, begins a two-day visit to Mexico today. During her visit to the capital, Cousin will meet with the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, government officials and private sector representatives.